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3 hours, 12 minutes ago 2
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The devastating fires in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge continue to burn.  Total acres burned is up to 15,653.  The current number of deaths associted with the fire stands at 13, but officials say they fear more deaths will be discovered as they work further back into the burned areas.

 

The fires spread down into Wears Valley but did not get to the Townssend Area, Cades Cove or the Tremont area.  Reports say that Elkmont Camp ground was not affected.  I’m still trying to get reports on whether the fires reached the Greenbriar area.  The fire started near Chimeny Tops and worked it’s way down the valley, destroying the Chimney Tops picnic area and other forests down the valley.

 

It is very heartening to see how the outpouring of help has come to the aid of the victims and  their families.  The Tremont Lodge, where we hold our photo events,  has opened rooms to all victims of the fire and their families.  Dolly Parton is givng $1,000. per monh to all families in the affected area to help them as the are recovering.  Amazing stories of love and kindness make you proud to live in this region.

 

While thousands of acres were affected much of the park was spared and the burned areas will recover over time.  Please pray for all those that lost their homes and the many businesses affected.  God will provide!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

Some images I’ve been sent;

 

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6 days, 6 hours ago 9
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I got my Fujifilm X-T2 just before my three workshop swing in October and early November.  I had come to love the X PRO 2 and in fact had bought a couple of them.  I was thinking that might be my body of choice!  The X-T2 has really grown on me, and in fact is my go to body now!  Don’t feel bad for the X PRO2 bodies though, they still  are still in my bag and I use them often, and still love their own special feel and class!

 

Why has the X-T2 come to the front of the line?

 

  1.  The 24.3 mega pixel sensor has more resolution than it’s rating would suggest. I continue to be amazed as the rich detail and files form the camera. (O.K. the X PRO2 has the sums sensor, so this applies to that camera to!
  2. The dual folding LCD is just so handy and I use it all the time, and really miss it when I’m using the X PRO2!
  3. The Speed of operation is amazing.  Focusing speed, download speed, the operational parameters are all much quicker.  The camera feels very fluid and seamless in operation!
  4. Te shutter release is heavenly, so smooth and so easy to use to get tack sharp images.
  5. ng ISO dial is a great feature.  It’s easy to unlock and change an then you have the assurance of it being locked and not moving until you’re ready to move it!  I like the ISO dial on the X PRO2 and in spite of the criticism, I don’t think it is so bad, but the X-T2 is much better.  I wish the exposure compensation dial had gotten the same treatment.
  6. When shooting vertically the Battery Booster is great for improving handling and performance. 

 

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When I first joined the Fuji X-System family I knew I had found a camera system that simply worked, and worked great for my style of  photography.  The lens family is simply stunning and now we have two bodies great enough to take full advantage of them.  You might say I’m a real happy camper!!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

1 week, 2 days ago 0
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The Fujifilm X-Photogrpahers Summit web page is now live!!!!  The address is:

 

www.fujifilmxphotosummits.com  

 

Please stop by and check it out and even better, go to the registration page and claim your spot.  The Summits will feature 4 X-Photographers and will be limited to 60 attnedees.  On  first come, first serve basis, please join us!!!

 

Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving,

 

the pilgrim

1 week, 3 days ago 8
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In a couple of days we will all be with friends and family celebrating Thanksgiving.  If that is not the case for you, I wish you a warm and great Thanksgiving, if you’re near me, come on over, trust me everyone else is, we have 22 coming for Thanksgiving dinner!!!  So back to my Thanksgiving thoughts.

 

I have so much to be thankful for;

 

The greatest decsion of my life was the day I asked Jesus to come into my heart and life and take over.  I’ve wrestled with Him for control most of the 54 years since, but I finally surrendered and it’s been a lot smoother sailing since then.

 

I’m married to the most beautiful, caring, kind and intelligent girl & woman!  She is truly the love of my life!

 

She has teamed up with me to have the most incredible family, three great kids, (adults now), and they have given us 6 grandchildren!  The Holidays are great when we can all be together.

 

I’ve been blessed with some wonderful friends.  Jack Graham has been such a great friend to work with teaching and running workshops together, he really makes me laugh!  Jim Haverstock has been the brother and friend that has been a constant reminder of character and class!  Jim Begley helped me start His Light Workshops and remains a dear friend.  Now that my parents are gone my brother Homer and I are what’s left of our side of the Fortney family,  I really love him!  So many other friends to count, Carl Turner, Charles Stanley and many many others!  I’m so blessed!

 

I love to make images, and hold a camera in my hands, and I’ve been blessed to be able to do it for 47 years.

 

I am so blessed that I get to write and share with others and doubley blessed that you read this stuff!  I hope it blesses you!  Thanks for coming along and Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim